Meghan Markle has opened up about breastfeeding her young son, Archie, while on a royal tour of Africa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a joint appearance on a popular podcast, Teenager Therapy, to discuss mental health and some of the stigmas surrounding it, as part of World Mental Health Day.
During the conversation, which took place in the couple's new hometown of Montecito, Meghan referred back to the now-infamous moment when journalist Tom Bradby asked how she was doing, while filming the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
"Isn't that funny, it was about a year ago that someone asked me that [how I'm doing]," Meghan told the hosts, Gael, Kayla and Thomas. "We were on a tour in South Africa. On the last day of the tour, we were just about to give Archie a bath, we were exhausted." Harry quickly chimed in adding, "She was still breastfeeding at the time".
Meghan than expanded on the toll that took on her, having to balance royal duties with being a new mother. "A lot of people don’t know, [breastfeeding is] like running a marathon, so between every official engagement I was running back to make sure our son was fed, and it was a lot."
She added, "At the very end the journalist asked me 'Well, are you OK?' and I didn’t realise that my answer would receive such an interest from around the world, because I said 'Well thanks, people haven’t really asked me if I'm OK'."
The Duchess, who fans are speculating may be pregnant again, explained that her emotional response was genuine and off-the-cuff. "I didn't think about that answer, I just answered honestly, because I was in a moment of vulnerability because I was tired, there was no presentation, it was just 'Here's where I am, I'm a mom who is with a four-and-half-month-old baby and we are tired'."
We applaud Meghan for speaking out about breastfeeding and mental health - two topics within society that unnecessarily carry a stigma.
For more celebrity mums who've proudly helped to normalise breastfeeding, check out our gallery round-up here.
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